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Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 3-for-5 with three homers in his initial three at-bats and five RBI during a 10-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The 30-year-old had gone 15 games without going deep, but he took care of that dry spell in a copious fashion in this one. Ramirez also launched his 200th career long ball with his second round-tripper of the contest. The four-time Silver Slugger is hitting .267 with an .807 OPS to go with nine taters, 36 RBI, and three stolen bases this season. Ramirez aims to improve his .474 SLG, which is excellent for some, but his lowest since 2016.
Cleveland Guardians catching prospect Bo Naylor went 1-for-4 with a single on Wednesday when his team lost 8-5 against the Louisville Bats. The 23-year-old has been tearing it up in Triple-A this season, posting a .258/.399/.500 slash line with 11 long balls, 40 runs, and 45 RBI over 54 games. Naylor made his Major League debut earlier this season but only played one game before the team sent him back down. The Canadian native is on the cusp of everyday playing time at the big league level, especially as Mike Zunino continues to struggle with a .610 OPS. Naylor's a great stash in dynasty leagues, and fantasy managers in redraft formats looking for catching help can snatch him up from the waiver wire once he gets the call again.
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie took the mound for the season debut against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The right-hander had been sidelined all season up to this point due to a lingering shoulder issue. He didn't look rusty at all during this game. McKenzie threw five scoreless innings, allowing one hit, and striking out 10 batters in the 2-1 win. It was his first start of the season, so the Guardians limited him to a 79-pitch outing, but that should increase as time goes on. The 25-year-old had a breakout season in 2022 and appears locked in once again.
Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Guardians couldn't get a whole lot going against Bailey Ober and company on Friday. Ramirez had a seven-game hit streak going into this one but that was obviously snapped. Even with the recent steak, he's scuffled a bit over the last few weeks, batting just .242 with a .740 OPS over the last 15 contests. Overall, his numbers are just fine, though, with a .271/.340/.452 triple-slash line with six home runs, 30 RBI, and five stolen bases over 210 at-bats on the season.
Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor (wrist) is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins. The lefty slugger was scratched ahead of Thursday's contest due to wrist soreness. Luckily, this appears to be a minor issue as Naylor is already back in the lineup after a one-game absence. He'll cover first base and bat cleanup versus righty Bailey Ober on Friday. Fantasy managers who have Naylor rostered should make sure to get him back in there.